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Training Specialist

Community Access, Inc.


Program Description
The Thrive at Work Peer Specialist Training is a new program designed to train and graduate peers in preparation for participation in the mental health workforce in NYC. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of NYC and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Community Access will provide different tracks of training designed to meet the assessed level of competencies and needs of both working peer specialists and peers with little or no work experience. The goal of the training is to promote competency in peer specialist work, and connect trainees to internships, job placement, and/ or workforce development opportunities. Thrive at Work also seeks to connect trainees to peer certification through the Academy of Peer Services with a curriculum that reflects certification requirements and facilitated support of the certification exam.

Position Overview
The Thrive at Work Peer Specialist Peer Trainer is responsible for the day-to-day management of training and classroom activities for an estimated 80 students per year. The purpose of the training is to prepare students with lived mental health experience with varied levels of expertise as a peer specialist for workforce development in the peer specialist workforce, and in particular for preparation for completion of the Academy of Peer Services Peer Specialist Certification process. The trainer displays a mastery of competencies in peer workforce skills and practice, and supports students in development and enhancement of peer expertise and workplace skills. The trainer coordinates assistance with external teachers as needed and assists Executive staff and the Coordinator with curricula development. The trainer Assist with the development, modification, preparation and organization of training curriculum and related resources, including visual aids, ; and handouts, and evaluation materials; Delivers training in classroom setting ; Maintains an understanding of shifting system, program, and workforce needs, and integrate priorities and opportunities into curriculum planning; Maintain documentation of student attendance and evaluation of trainings ; Assists with analyzing evaluations, interpreting trainee assessments, and revising training according to necessary practice and program improvements; Organizes the preparation and delivery of training, including materials preparation and scheduling of external trainers.


Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; Be a recipient/peer/survivor of mental health services; experience with and knowledge of peer workforce and training issues and the behavioral health system in NYC and NYS; Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree preferred; at least 2 years of experience working in an adult learning or education environment; at least 2) years working as a peer specialist or in a peer specialist training position, preferred; Curriculum development experience and skills, including ability to create and deliver training in a variety of instructional modalities such as lecture, role playing, experiential learning, team exercises, group discussions, multi-media, etc., required; Program development experience, preferred; Possess strong understanding of peer practices, recovery, and wellness; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; Willing to travel and work evenings and weekends; Ability to utilize various computer programs including Excel and PowerPoint; Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Show initiative and be responsible for follow-through; Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.


This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week; salary is $27.40/hr.


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Posted on 03/03/17; CVMHA ID #10791